Essential Recipes

Essential Recipes

Home cooking is all finding standbys to make time and time again. This is a collection of our best methods for whipping up components like beans, grains, sauces, and salad dressings. Learn how to cook dried beans or whisk up a simple salad dressing in a pinch!

Recipes to Know By Heart

These are some of our best, everyday go-to recipes! You’ll make them so often you’ll soon know them by heart.

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Why make homemade salad dressing? You could say homemade salad dressings are a gateway into a lifestyle of home cooking. 

When we first started learning to cook at home, purchased salad dressings were the first to go. We cleaned out our refrigerator of the ancient bottles of dressing and decided to start whisking up our own. Making homemade salad dressing is quick, easy, and healthy because you’re in control of the ingredients. No processed ingredients, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup here! Not only that, it tastes better too. 

Homemade salad dressing is just one of a set of recipe essentials that make home cooking a breeze. Learn how to cook dried beans: it’s cheaper than buying them canned and so much tastier. (The Instant Pot is a shortcut to cooking dried beans in only 1 hour!) DIY seasoning mixes like homemade taco seasoning add flavor to your dishes without preservatives or added sodium. Sauces like homemade pizza sauce and lemon tahini sauce transform everyday meals into delicious masterpieces. And learning how to poach an egg and how to hard boil eggs are methods you’ll use again and again.